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Beauty Box. The Lilac Box.

Beauty box has been around for quite some time in Malaysia. Recently it has become more and more popular and we ladies are going crazy about them. Each beauty box provider is striving to provide varieties, in terms of brands and range of products. It’s getting more and more competitive now. Most of the times, it is not just the products, it also involves a great deal of customer service provided. We the consumers are the ultimate winners, we get better products and service each time. :)

Whether you’re only interested in premium brands or promotional discounts that you can get, you get to try out different kind of brands and products by just paying a small amount of money. If you like what you have tried, then only you go and buy the full size products on your own. No obligation or whatsoever. You buy at your own choice and you try at your own risk. Don’t like this beauty box? No problem, just move on to the next. :) There are so many out there. We are spoiled with choices.

In April, I subscribed to The Lilac Box. They are new in the market, only three months old. It is managed by three guys. Yes, you read me right, three GUYS. :) C’mon, there are a lot of men in the beauty industry, don’t look so surprised. You just have to admit sometimes men know better what a woman really needs.

They claimed that they only deliver premium products, and that got my light bulb lighted. *DING* :D I must say, I made a wise choice.

The Lilac Box is slightly more expensive (RM49.90 per box) than most of the beauty box, but they feature more premium brands. I was so happy with their Box 2 (in April). So, I bought Box 3 again early last month. It never disappoints! Can’t believe that Box 3 was sold out within 2 days.

I saw some subscribers commented that The Lilac Box mislead the customers by saying “it’s going to be a very heavy box”, they were disappointed when they received the box and it is not VERY heavy like what The Lilac Box claimed. I felt sorry for the three guys that worked so hard for putting the products together. When I finally received mine, I was actually on the cloud nine and excited. I must say the words “full and heavy” are true. Perhaps, some expected more than that. Kudos to the three guys behind The Lilac Box. I can see from its Facebook page that they make a lot of effort in satisfying every customer. Emailed one of them about the redemption voucher for the Talika eye therapy patch, I got a prompt reply and the email has a very personal touch.

Now, let’s see what Box 3 has.

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Love the packaging of the box. There is a cardbox (instead of the usual bubble wrap) to protect the box inside. Very thoughtful. I keep the cardbox in case that I need it for gift-wrapping in the future. :)

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Ta-da, here’s the box. The decorative lilac lace ribbon is less than impressive this time. I prefer the lilac ribbon in April. The box has no labels or markings, so that you can recycle and use it again. I noticed their boxes are of the same size every month, which to me is a good thing. I like the boxes. They are simple, but reliable. I’ve bought another beauty box from Mivva and I’m sorry to say that I don’t like the box at all, not even one bit. It’s not soft, but very easy to go out of shape and it looks “childish”. Perhaps it isn’t fair for me to comment on Mivva’s box, I only bought one month. I’ve bought the June box too, sad to say the box is the same as May.

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I was delighted when I opened the box. It was indeed full, not full to the brim, nonetheless it was still considered full. As of the heaviness, it is heavy but not as heavy as Box 2 which has 2 bottles of Redken hair products. I also love the going-green concept, no unnecessary vouchers or brochures. You can go to their website to check out the products’ details and print out the discount/promotional vouchers (if any) if you would like to use them. It’s another story for Mivva. I got a box full with unwanted brochures, cards and vouchers that I know I’m not going to use them. I threw them all away. In The Lilac Box, there’s only one piece of paper to thank the customers for their support and a little information on what the Box 3 is about.

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Yves Rocher Fresh Rose Shower Gel, 200ml. I’ve heard about Yves Rocher but never had the chance to try it because it doesn’t have outlet in the malls where I usually shop. I’ve heard all the good things about them and how they grow their own plants organically and harvest them on their own. Now finally I get to try it. Love the smell of this shower gel and you do not have to use a lot for the whole body. The scent of roses isn’t too strong, it’s quite refreshing. Unlike some shower gel I’ve tried from Body Shop which smells very strong. However, the scent doesn’t last long and it’s not moisturising enough. I still prefer L’Occitane, which smells better and moisturises very well. Price wise, Yves Rocher is much cheaper. Seeing that the plants are organically grown, I don’t mind to give Yves Rocher other products a try though.

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Payot Speciale 5 and Pate Grise, sachets. I was a little disappointed when I saw this 2 sachets. For such a premium brand like Payot, they don’t even bother to package their samples nicely in a bottle or container? Isn’t it more hygiene to use a proper container to prevent any contamination after open? I felt like they are just like some brands who think that they’re so high and mighty and simply give you some samples in sachets to make you go away. I could get a 5ml eye cream sample from La Mer, in tube!  Why not Payot? Sigh. Back to the product.

Speciale 5 and Pate Grise are said to be Payot’s legendary products, you can see the result with just one use. They’re for blemishes/pimples/acne. Pate Grise is said to help the blemish to reach its maturity. So happened that I had blemish that week. I applied Pate Grise on the blemish before bed. All you need is just a tiny dot enough to cover the blemish. The almond smell is very strong. Good that it doesn’t sting or irritates. The next morning, I was surprised to see the blemish was less swollen and no longer red. I was happy. I used Pate Grise for 2 nights in a row on the same blemish. On the 3rd night, I applied Speciale 5. Speciale 5 dries and purifies the blemish at the end of its cycle. It’s said to help diminish scar of blemish. Also, just apply a thin layer on the blemish. After 3 nights of applying Speciale 5, my blemish scar was still there! @__@ I thought my blemish hadn’t reached “the end of its cycle”. So I went back to apply Pate Grise. Nope. Nothing happened. T__T Not wanting to give such a premium product the “death sentence” so quick, I continued applying Speciale 5 for few days (almost a week). Sigh…… My blemish scar was still there! When my face developed new blemish, I again applied Pate Grise. Guess what, all of a sudden it just stops working wonders, on my face. End up I resorted to my usual blemish routine, pat on the blemish with a cotton pad with SKII Facial Treatment Essence then apply the Clinique Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment Gel. Will I go on a second-date with Payot? The answer is a resounding NO. Moreover that it is so troublesome to use, how would I know if my blemish has reached its maturity? I’m not a dermatologist. I only know my blemish is GONE when it DISAPPEARS.

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Phyto Phytodéfrisant Botanical Hair Relaxing Balm, 15ml. It’s funny that it says BALM, it clearly is not balm! It is runny and colourless, more like gel. Sometimes how the French named their products really make you scratch your head. This is an anti-frizz smoothening/straightening gel. Squeeze a small amount of gel on fingers, apply it to your damp hair from root to tip, strand by strand. I know, it sounds ridiculous right to apply strand by strand and for people like me who has thick and long hair, this will take forever. I don’t really separate my hair to strands when I apply it. I just grab some hair and rub the gel onto the hair from root to tip. It says that it is heat-activated, meaning you’ll have to blow-dry your hair to achieve a better result. I always blow-dry my hair after the wash, so this is not a nuisance to me. Oh boy, I couldn’t believe that it really works. When I looked in the mirror and I saw my straight hair without frizz! My hair looks so tamed after blow-drying and without the oil-based serum that I always used. I was so freaking happy that I could finally ditch that oil-based serum for good. When I used that serum, my hair would appear to be smoother at the end of the day, but oily. It would be worse if I sweat. Now, I get straight and smooth hair all day long! If you have a bit of natural curls and would like to have straight hair, you may want to consider Phytodéfrisant. Last month, I got the full size (100ml) from Zalora at RM90. Thanks to The Lilac Box, I got a 20% discount. :)

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Babor HSR Lifting Extra Firming Cream for face and eye, 5ml each. Nice packaging, Babor! I give you two thumbs up just for the packaging alone. When I opened the lid, I was surprised that the bottle was nicely sealed with a foil! Wow! That shows that they did not just scoop some cream from the full size into the bottle for the purpose of “samples”. When I opened the foil, another surprise, it is so full! Babor is definitely generous.

The Extra Firming Eye Cream is not oily and is easily absorbed by the skin. I used it for about 2 weeks, no good for me. I saw my right under eyelid has developed a new milia seed (or oil seed some may call it). I panicked. Ever since I got rid of most of my milia seeds years ago, I’ve been very careful with eye skincare. Nothing rich and oily for me. Some may argue that it is due to the oily stuff that we eat, but for me, it is proven that milia seeds on my eyelid were caused by rich and oily eye products. I have not had new milia seed on my eyelid for 2 full years. I stopped using this Babor eye cream immediately. As much as I love its texture and scent, I hate to have milia seeds growing on my eyelids, they look awful. Sorry Babor, you’re too “rich” for me. Other than the milia seed, I don’t see any significant improvement on the fine lines.

I’ve also used the Extra Firming Cream for face for 2 weeks, night and day. It smells heavenly! Note that though the cream is rich, it is not oily. It doesn’t give the sticky or oily feeling after application. I enjoyed applying it on my face, felt like some goddess whenever I used it. :D However, I had blemishes and acne after using the cream. :( At first I thought it was my body being heaty. Then, I noticed the blemishes started growing more and more, some even look like milia seeds! It was about the same time when I discovered that damn milia seed on my eyelid. I stopped using the cream and started treating my blemishes with the Payot products that came together in the beauty box. Speaking of perfect timing. It was only 2 days ago I fell back to my usual Clinique routine, and I saw improvements. Sigh. Babor, Babor, you’re just too “rich” for me. Second date? Sorry, my FACE says NO even when my HEART says YES. Someone advised me to use only a tiny bit of the cream for the face. I did. Again, same thing happened. Babor is really too rich for me. By the way, I don’t see and feel the firming effect after I tried this.

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Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum. I’m so happy to see there’s 10 packets of foundation from Max Factor. Love this 2 in 1 foundation as it is so easy to apply and it doesn’t feel oily. It is very light-weighted. I don’t even need to use facial powder. Coverage is good too.

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See By Chloe Eau De Parfum miniature. It is very similar to Moschino Cheap and Chic, only this is lighter. The funny part is I LOVE Moschino Cheap and Chic, but I don’t like this See by Chloe. I don’t think it “suits” my personality. Perfume is very personal and subjective. What I love may not be what you like and what you adore may not be what I like. So, don’t take my word for it. You’ll have to go try this out and see if you like it.

The Lilac Box launched their first ever concept box last month, the box is going to be filled with only products from Decléor. Can’t wait to receive them. :D

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